Preview: Golfweek Senior Amateur at PGA West
LA QUINTA, Calif. (March 13, 2014) -- Golfweek
takes its second national ranking tournament of
2014 to PGA West, where senior Doug Pool and
super-senior Ted Smith will try to defend their
2013 titles. The 54-hole event will feature two
rounds on the Stadium Course and one round
on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. The
Stadium Course, ranked No. 7 among
Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in
California has played host to the PGA Tour Q-
School finals in alternating years.
Pool, who won the Senior Amateur title in both
2012 and 2013, is looking to take home his
third consecutive trophy. “I’m really looking
forward to being closer to home and winning
this tournament again,” said Pool.
Ranked No. 44 in the nation after playing just
one event in 2014, Pool, a Las Vegas resident, is
an odds-on favorite to defend.
In the Super Senior Division, Ted Smith from
Wilkinson, Ind., who is ranked No. 33, is in the
midst of a comeback after heart valve surgery.
“It’s always major when your heart is involved,”
Smith said before going in for surgery. “My
doctor said everything else is fine and after
surgery I should be able to pick up right where I
That means trouble for the rest of the field.
Smith won 12 times in 2013 and is poised to be
back on top after his strong showing at the
Corkscrew and SOS Spring Classic.
In the Legends division, 2013 saw Bob Wernick
from Rancho Mirage, Calif. finished with a one-
stroke victory over Walt Martin of Oakton, Va.
Both are returning this year to once again battle
it out for the top spot.
When: April 13-15
Where: PGA West, La Quinta, Calif.,
Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament
Registration: Must be age 55 or over,
65 for Super Senior. Open through April 5, or
until the field is full.
Of note: This is a Golfweek 1000-
point event, also ranked in the Amateurgolf.com
Senior Amateur Rankings and a certified World
Amateur Golf Ranking tournament.
ABOUT THE Golfweek Senior Amateur
Golfweek Senior Amateur is a premier event
for Seniors (55+) and Super Seniors (65+)
with a handicap index or 8 or less.
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